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    Div One reports: Sangakkara stars to reach landmark

    The Sri Lankan was on top form as Surrey continued their domination as rain took its toll on the second day

    Rain held back proceedings across the country on Tuesday, but it didn't stop Kumar Sangakkara from shining.

    Essex 106/0 v Middlesex 246 - no play due to rain
    Hampshire 211/9d v Somerset 18/0 - no play due to rain
    Warwickshire 259/7 v Lancashire 273
    Yorkshire 27/1 v Surrey 516/7d

    HAMPSHIRE v SOMERSET

    Only 13 overs were played on a soggy second day of Hampshire and Somerset’s Division One Specsavers County Championship clash at the Ageas Bowl.

    In the 54 minutes of action, Gareth Berg managed to find Hampshire’s first wicket of the match.

    The South African fast bowler dupe Marcus Trescothick into a cut shot which proved too close to cut as he chopped onto his own stumps.

    Where Trescothick failed, his younger less experienced, opening partner Eddie Byrom appeared to flourish.

    The Zimbabwean, on his first class debut, looked comfortable at the crease as the new pink ball sprung off the pitch.

    But his 50-ball progress at the crease was paused by rain, with the 20-year-old reaching 13 not out, with Isle of Wight-born Adam Hose on a confident unbeaten nine.

    Umpires Ian Blackwell and Martin Saggers eventually called off any hope of any further action at 6:30pm.

    WARWICKSHIRE v LANCASHIRE

    Young opening batsman Andrew Umeed kept Warwickshire from further batting ruin with a marathon century against in-form Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship at Edgbaston.

    In reply to Lancashire's 273, the home side reached 259 for seven by the close of the second day thanks largely to Umeed's unbeaten 103 from 339 balls with six fours.

    Warwickshire's Andy Umeed said:"I'm very pleased. They were tricky conditions with the lights coming on early and the pink ball and up against Jimmy Anderson who is probably the best bowler of all time. It was surreal playing against him in the middle really after I have grown up watching him play for England. It was a good battle - even though he was giving me a few words of "encouragement" now and then!"

    Against a Lancashire seam attack which bowled with impressive control all day, Umeed's concentration was unwavering. The 21-year-old batted throughout the day, at the end of which his innings had lasted 434 minutes.

    While partners came and went, Umeed dealt capably with the novel challenges of pink ball, day/night championship cricket, perhaps assisted by having played in last year's trial 2nd XI game in those conditions against Worcestershire at Edgbaston - when he made 45 from 158 balls.

    For a Warwickshire side with four innings defeats in six games this season, such stickability was priceless - though Lancashire's bowlers, led by a big shift from James Anderson, kept their opponents under pressure all day.

    After Warwickshire resumed in the morning on 23 for one, Umeed and Jonathan Trott took their stand to 74 in 29 overs before the latter fell lbw to a Jordan Clark delivery that stayed low. Clark then produced a superb ball to have Ian Bell caught behind for a fourth-ball duck.

    Anderson removed Sam Hain for ten with a sharp return catch before Tim Ambrose, having batted positively for 19, attacked a wide ball from Clark and edged to Dane Vilas at first slip.

    Anderson almost removed Umeed on 49 when the batsman edged but neither wicketkeeper nor first slip could make the catch and the ball squirted between them to raise the batsman's half-century.

    Rikki Clarke (26 in 104 balls) got stuck in alongside Umeed to grind out 49 in 30 overs but then Tom Bailey removed Clarke (bowled) and Keith Barker (lbw) with successive balls.

    That left Warwickshire uneasily perched on 184 for seven and Lancashire eyeing a useful lead but Umeed and Jeetan Patel (36 not out, 59 balls) added an unbroken 75 up to the close.

    The admirable Umeed left the field, still unbowed, to a standing ovation and also grudging respect from the travelling Lancashire supporters, including a crotchety sheep-farmer from Clitheroe.

    Lancashire bowler Tom Bailey said:

    "It's honours even at the moment. We dropped two catches near the end which would have put us on top but if we can come back tomorrow afternoon and take a few quick wickets then overall we will be happy."

    YORKSHIRE v SURREY

    Kumar Sangakkara became the first batsman to reach 1,000 runs in the Specsavers County Championship this season as his sixth hundred propelled Surrey to 516 for seven declared during a heavily rain affected day two at Headingley.

    Retiring Sangakkara advanced from 82 overnight to his ton in double quick time as the visitors advanced from 374 for six. 

    He ended with a stunning 180 not out off 183 balls before Yorkshire replied with 27 for one from 10.5 overs.

    Play did not start until 5pm due to rain and there was no further play beyond 7.10pm. Only 30 overs were possible.

    When Surrey declared midway through the session, Sangakkara had hit 21 fours and four sixes.

    The Sri Lanka legend reached his sixth century in only his eleventh innings off 136 balls with 12 fours and a six and his 150 off another 28. 

    He now averages 108.6 this season with 1,086 runs from only eleven innings.

    The ball after reaching his century, Sangakkara lofted Ben Coad over long-off into the Football Stand for his second six. 

    He later hit big leg-side sixes off the spin of Adil Rashid and Joe Root, who was unbeaten on 12 off 13 balls at close.

    Sangakkara was helped along by Tom Curran, who made 44, with the pair sharing a record 158 for the seventh wicket.   

    It was Surrey’s best in matches against Yorkshire, while their total was also their best in away first-class matches against the White Rose.

    Remarkably, Sangakkara scored 91 of 122 runs to come in the first hour of play as Surrey moved to 496 for six. In all, they scored 142 in 19.1 overs from the start of play.

    This was the 39-year-old’s second century of the month at Headingley after he scored 121 in a Royal London one-day Cup play-off win here a fortnight ago.

    The declaration came immediately after Curran had uppercut Tim Bresnan to third-man at the start of the 116th over.

    Surrey claimed the maximum five batting points, while Yorkshire only finished with two for bowling.

    Bresnan, Coad and Steve Patterson all finished the innings with two wickets apiece. Jack Brooks and Rashid conceded 109 and 107 from 18 and 16 overs respectively.

    The Curran brothers, Tom and Sam, kept things tight at the start of Yorkshire’s reply, with the latter getting the breakthrough when he had Adam Lyth lbw for eight in the eighth over, leaving the score at eleven for one.

    England Test captain Root punched Tom through the covers off the back foot for his only boundary and is unbeaten on 12, before play got abandoned at 8.15pm.

    

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